Too much information: Nick Clegg reveals he buys his pants from Marks & Spencer but it's not enough to stop clothing sales slump Deputy Prime Minister gives unnecessary insight into his shopping habitsRetailer reports 7th quarter of falling sales of clothing and homewareChief executive Marc Bolland under pressure after poor 2012 and disappointing Christmas sales. He has previously warned a new general merchandise management team led by John Dixon, the former boss of food, will not make a major impact on sales until M&S launches its autumn/winter collections in July. Too much information! Nick Clegg on dying his hair and what he…
Cystic fibrosis sufferer given smoker's lungs in transplant died of cancer less than a year after operationJennifer Wederell was given the lungs of a 20-a-day smokerA year after the operation she died of cancer Husband says she would never have agreed to transplant had she known | UPDATED: 11:57 GMT, 17 December 2012 Battle: Jennifer Wederell died at the age of 27 from lung cancer.
'He can dish it out but he can't take it': David Cameron accuses Ed Balls of being a bully in benefits rise rowDavid Cameron hits back at heckles from the shadow chancellor during Prime Minister's QuestionsInsults hurled over plan to cap benefits at 1% for the next three yearsEd Miliband says people affected include those cleaning George Osborne's office while he is still in bed | UPDATED: 15:17 GMT, 12 December 2012 David Cameron today accused Ed Balls of being a bully who ‘can dish it out but he can't take it’ as insults were thrown in a Commons row over government plans to limit rises in benefits to 1 per cent a year.
Labour to vote AGAINST Osborne's 1% cap on benefits rises which would cut 3.7bn from the welfare bill | UPDATED: 17:01 GMT, 11 December 2012 Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said Labour would not support the cap because it hit working families as well as the jobless Labour is to vote against a cap on rises in benefits, imposed after handouts soared at twice the rate of wages. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls today revealed his party would oppose the 1 per cent rise planned by the government for each of the next three years.
'There'll be no triple dip recession': Danny Alexander dismisses dire warnings made by economic expertsChief Secretary to the Treasury predicted steady growth would returnDanny Alexander was positive despite predictions of a third recession | UPDATED: 10:26 GMT, 10 December 2012 The Chancellor’s second in command yesterday dismissed fears that Britain was heading for a triple dip recession, despite dire warnings from economic experts. Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, predicted ‘steady growth’ would slowly return next year and the year after.
Every little helps: Dead Brits leave George Osborne 54,000 in their wills to pay off national debt (only 999,999,946,000 to go) Chancellor forced to admit in his Autumn Statement that he will not meet his target to get debt under control by 2015New figures show that in first year of the coalition generous members of the public bequeathed 54,634.46 to pay down debtTreasury insists it appreciates the help but only covers 0.0000054% of debt | UPDATED: 16:37 GMT, 7 December 2012 Chancellor George Osborne was forced to admit he will miss his target for getting debt under control by 2015, but some generous people are doing their bit by leaving money in their will for the public finances Dead Britons have left George Osborne 54,000 to help pay off the ballooning national debt from beyond the grave.
Women pregnant with first child or planning to have another baby are being hit with a new 'mummy tax' says Labour George Osborne revealed plans to limit increase in benefits to just 1pcBut Chancellor failed to mention it will hit statutory maternity pay | UPDATED: 00:25 GMT, 7 December 2012 Women who are pregnant with their first child or mothers planning to have another baby are among the biggest losers in the mini-Budget.
Now we ARE all in it together: Osborne puts 400,000 middle-class workers into 40% tax band, squeezes benefits and orders 1bn raid on higher earners' pensions Mr Osborne targeted workers at top, middle and bottom of financial heapHardest hit by measures will be top 10% and bottom 10% of earnersEconomy predicted to shrink by 0.1% in 2012 according to statementSchools given discretion to raise teachers' pay if they perform wellExtra 5bn to be used for infrastructure projects including 100 new schools | UPDATED: 23:26 GMT, 5 December 2012 George Osborne targeted workers at the top, middle and bottom of the financial heap yesterday with a raft of money-saving measures. He ordered a tax raid on higher earners’ pensions, warning that Britain is only a third of the way through its age of austerity. He dragged 400,000 more workers into the 40p tax rate by raising the earnings threshold by just one per cent – below the rate of inflation
Osborne's plan to freeze welfare payments in crisis after rumours of Lib Dem veto | UPDATED: 04:29 GMT, 2 December 2012 George Osborne was fighting a rearguard action last night to force through a freeze in welfare payments amid reports that the move has been vetoed by Liberal Democrat Cabinet colleagues Nick Clegg and Vince Cable. Government sources say the Chancellor could announce that the dole and other state handouts may go up by more than one per cent – close to the rise in earnings – after the Lib Dems claimed a freeze would be ‘cruel’ to the poor. It would mean he would save only half the 4 billion he had hoped to get over the next two years to help dig the UK out of the red.